Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fixing broken Pre-Heresy shoulder pads and my friend's disappointment with his XV25

Work continues on this beast. Lots of little things to do before I move to painting.
Fortunately, painting will take no time at all. I'm going with the same scheme I used for my power armoured Marines. I'd planned on light grey, but chickened out at the last minute worrying he'll look out of place.

Here's the the process I use to paint them.

I'm gonna leave his head off for painting. It'll be too hard for me to get in there once it's glued in place so I'm gonna paint it separately. It's not worth the headache.

Here's the repair I did to his shoulder pad. I broke a portion off cutting it from the sprue. To fix it, I laid it flat on some plasticard, mixed some greenstuff with Milliput and did a rough sculpt for the area to be fixed. The plasticard underneath gave me the smooth back surface and it was easy to pop the whole thing off once it cured.

The reason I sculpted more than I needed was so I could trim away the excess and get nice, clean edges to the area I repaired. Adding Milliput to the greenstuff made it cure rock hard. It was a breeze to sand and trim it down to the correct shape. Once I paint it, nobody will ever know it was broken.

Look close enough under the shoulder pad mounted on the model and you can see the studded leather straps I added hanging under it. These are decorative, add a little bulk to the shoulders and hide the area where the arms go up into the shoulder pads.

They are a monumental pain in the backside to add to the model, but they are so worth it. Each one is cut to shape for its specific position and glued in place. Then you go back and add a rivet to the end of each one. Like I said, a HUGE pain to do.

The straps are made with cereal box cardstock. It's relatively thick and can be easily bent to look like it's hanging there over the power fist. They're coated with superglue once they're in place. This seals the cardstock and basically makes them like plastic.

My friend sent me this pic. His Tau stealth suit arrived and he started building it. His note with the picture said, "I thought it would be bigger." I told him Tau are small things in the 40k universe. I don't think they're supposed to be as big as Space Marines. I don't think I helped any.

Funny how we both had Primaris forces a week ago and now I've scaled one way with Chaos and he's scaled the other way with Tau. I'm super interested in seeing how they play. I fully expect to get my teeth kicked in.

He blogs over at My Miniature Painting Journey. I think he's on Instagram more right now, but he's starting blog again where he can share his story behind the pics. And yes, his Reaver has a Lightning Claw. I don't know what I was thinking when I said I didn't mind if he played it like that.

I've done dumber things though like art scale an entire squad of Marines.

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  1. There are bigger Tau suits... wait til he gets the Ghostkeel to go with those Stealth Suits, that’s a decent size and very cool looking.

    1. That thing is huge! I had to Google it to see what it was.
      We want to add rules for dreadnought sized models. This is the perfect reason to do it. I want to build a Maulerfiend and my friend can do a Ghostkeel.